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OPINION: NFF’s Obedience To Primate Ayodele’s Divine Counsel Is Paying Off

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OPINION: NFF’s Obedience To Primate Ayodele’s Divine Counsel Is Paying Off

OPINION: NFF’s Obedience To Primate Ayodele’s Divine Counsel Is Paying Off

By Ojulari Kemi

 

 

‘’He that honours a prophet will get a prophet’s reward’’, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has honoured the word of a famous Nigerian prophet, Primate Ayodele, which is seriously paying off for the federation.

 

 

 

 

Yesterday, the Super Eagles had a qualifier game against Sao Tome And Principe at Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo. It was one of the most entertaining football matches the Eagles have played at home.

 

 

OPINION: NFF’s Obedience To Primate Ayodele’s Divine Counsel Is Paying Off

 

The match ended 6-0 in favour of the Super Eagles team, it also solidified the team’s bid to qualify for the 2024 African Cup Of Nations coming up in Ivory Coast.

 

 

 

 

Home games for the Super Eagles team especially have always been played at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja. The last World Cup qualifier played against Ghana at the stadium ended on a really bad note; the team couldn’t secure a victory and a riot situation took place, leading to the death of one of the officials of the match.

 

 

 

 

Shortly after that, Primate Ayodele advised the NFF President, Alh. Ibrahim Gusau to sack the coaches and most especially, leave Abuja stadium whenever the team wants to play a serious game. According to the prophet, MKO Abiola stadium is not a point of victory for the Super Eagles. He asked the NFF to check other parts of the country whenever the team is about to play any serious match.

 

 

 

 

These were his words

‘’NFF should sack all our coaches and get new, experienced ones that can move our football to the next level. Nigeria needs to go to the world cup, AFCON, there is no excuse for it. The president of NFF should sack these coaches. Moshood Abiola Stadium is not always a point of victory for Super Eagles, the NFF should check stadiums in Lagos and parts of the country’’

In response to his counsel, the NFF wrote to the Confederation Of African Football (CAF) to approve Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo for the occasion of the AFCON Qualifier between Nigeria and Sao Tome. It was approved for use and in the end, the Super Eagles got a resounding victory.

It is also worthy of note that Primate Ayodele before the match said that Super Eagles will ‘rubbish’ their opponent in the match. Just as he said, the opponents were rubbished with a humiliating victory but maybe this wouldn’t have happened if the NFF failed to listen to the prophet’s counsel.

AFCON will begin next year and definitely, Primate Ayodele will give more spiritual advice to the NFF during the tournament. The last AFCON was a disaster for the Super Eagles team because they failed to listen to advice. Even before the tournament began, Primate Ayodele already said the Nigerian team would not go far and they didn’t, their participation ended abruptly and on a sour note.

The NFF has started reaping good tidings by listening to the prophet’s counsel, They should keep it up, who knows, the Super Eagles team may win the trophy next year.

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Atalanta slam €70m price tag on Lookman

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Atalanta slam €70m price tag on Lookman

 

Atalanta have set a €70m price tag on Nigerian forward Ademola Lookman.

 

The Bergamo-based club are willing to let the forward depart this summer, but only if their financial demands are met. The asking price is similar to the fee they received from Manchester United for Rasmus Hojlund in 2024.

Lookman, who joined Atalanta from RB Leipzig for €10 million in 2022, was instrumental in securing back-to-back European qualifications for the club. His standout performance came in the UEFA Europa League final, where he netted a historic hat-trick against Bayer Leverkusen, becoming the first player to achieve this feat in the competition’s final.

CalcioNews24 reports that Atalanta’s €70 million valuation is non-negotiable, and they are prepared to retain Lookman if their demands are not met.

 

 

 

The Italian club’s stance mirrors their approach with Hojlund, whom they sold to Manchester United for €73.5 million last summer, despite the Danish striker scoring only nine league goals in the preceding season.

Lookman ended the season with an impressive tally of 26 goals across all competitions. This prolific form has caught the attention of several top European clubs.

According to reports, Barcelona, Juventus, and West Ham are among the clubs interested in acquiring Lookman’s services.

 

 

 

The Super Eagles forward is no stranger to the Premier League, having previously featured for Fulham, Everton, and Leicester City.

 

 

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Kiraa FC Dominates Nationwide League One U-19 Youth League

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Kiraa FC, a burgeoning football club owned by Franklin Oluwasegun Currie and located in Ijebu Ososa, the hometown of the late theater icon Chief Hubert Ogunde, has quickly made a name for itself in the Nationwide League One (NLO) U-19 youth league. The club, which recently joined the league, is topping the table with 6 points after a series of impressive victories.

Under the expert technical guidance of Coach Akande Fatai Adejumo Smith, Kiraa FC defeated Patriots FC 2-1 at the FC Ebedei Stadium in Sagamu Remo, Ogun State on Tuesday, July 16th, 2024. Despite the tough competition, Kiraa FC demonstrated their professionalism and skill, securing the win. The day before, on July 15th, the club also triumphed over Switch FA, further solidifying their top position in the group.

Smith brings a wealth of experience and expertise to Kiraa FC. A graduate of electronics and electrical engineering from LAUTECH Ogbomoso, Smith has an impressive background as the former Player of Crown of Ogbomoso, Sunshine Stars Akure, and Shooting Stars of Ibadan. He has also played professionally in Asia and Europe and holds coaching licenses from The FA UK, UEFA, CAF, FCAAN, and NIS. Currently, he serves as the National Coordinator and Head of Protocol for FCAAN (Football Coaches Association of African Nations) Nigeria.

The next challenge for Kiraa FC is a match against FC Ebedei Jnr on July 18th. FC Ebedei, based in Sagamu Remo, after relocating from Lagos in 2001, plays in the Nigeria Nationwide League, the third tier of Nigerian football. It also serves as the African football academy for FC Midtjylland in the Danish Superliga championship. Following this, Kiraa FC will face Generation FC on July 23rd. Fans and supporters are hopeful that the club will continue their winning streak in these upcoming games.

Kiraa FC’s rapid rise and consistent performance under Smith’s leadership have not gone unnoticed. The team’s players are recognized for their power, techniques, and dedication, making them formidable opponents in the league. As the club continues to excel, it brings pride not only to its supporters but also to the hub of entertainment that is Ijebu Ososa.

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Nigerian coaches not good enough for Eagles job – Abdallah

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Nigerian coaches not good enough for Eagles job – Abdallah

 

 

Former Super Eagles assistant coach, Usman Abdallah, shockingly stated that no Nigerian coach is good enough for the managerial role of the country’s senior men’s national team, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.

Abdallah’s assertion comes after the Nigeria Football Federation announced it was considering hiring a foreign coach following the resignation of Finidi George last month.

Of the 27 coaches that had managed the Eagles since its inception, 10 were Indigenous coaches, with Finidi the last to take charge of the team.

The Eagles have been without a head coach since the former winger resigned in June

 

 

Finidi quit his role as head coach of the three times African champions following the NFF’s announcement that they would appoint a foreign technical adviser for the team.

The decision came after an outcry by the football-loving populace following the team’s poor performances, including a shock defeat to Benin Republic, in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers last month.

As the federation continues its search for the next coach of the team, with reports indicating officials of the football body had approached Portuguese Jose Peseiro for a possible return, while also considering Frenchman Herve Renard, Abdallah, who served as an assistant coach under Peseiro, isn’t bothered his comments will stir the hornet’s nest.

 

 

He insisted the Indigenous coaches weren’t good enough for the job.

 

 

“It doesn’t bother me whether the NFF is considering bringing Jose Peseiro back or if they want to hire Hervé Renard as the Eagles coach as long as they can afford to pay their salaries,” he said.

“The issue is, I have heard people say they don’t want us to spend money on the foreign coach but show me a coach qualified for the Eagles job who is a Nigerian whether home or abroad. The fact is we don’t have it.

“The only person we have is Salisu Yusuf, who a lot of people don’t want because of what happened in the past, but I don’t want to argue about that. Nigerian coaches have always been serving as assistants and none of us can argue that we were better than those we’ve worked with.”

However, the former Enyimba gaffer frowned at NFF allowing foreign coaches to bring along their assistants with them.

“Appointing Peseiro or whoever is no issue, but why allow them to come with their assistants when some of us have always been named?

“How do we tap from their experience and grow to become the national team coaches? This is the mistake the federation has always made, and they need to correct that.”

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